Recognising and addressing the mental health needs of the LGBTIQ+ population

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is concerned that a disproportionate number of Australia and New Zealand’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and queer/questioning (LGBTIQ+) populations experience mental illness and psychological distress. Evidence shows that the discrimination and marginalisation experienced by LGBTIQ+ people increases the risk of developing mental health issues, and also creates barriers to accessing supportive services. This position statement provides an overview of some of the key issues relevant to mental health and LGBTIQ+ identity, and makes recommendations for enhancing the mental health sector’s responsiveness to the needs of LGBTIQ+ people.

Sexual orientation change efforts

The RANZCP does not support the use of sexual orientation change efforts of any kind. There is no scientific evidence that sexual orientation can be changed. Sexual orientation change efforts risk causing significant harm to individuals.

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